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Tommy Bahama Announces 2014 "Collector's Edition" Major League Baseball Shirt Featuring Jackie Robinson
SEATTLE, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tommy Bahama and Major League Baseball Properties celebrate one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with the 2014 "Collector's Edition" shirt featuring Jackie Robinson. The shirt will be released on April 1st in time for Jackie Robinson Day, which is April 15th a date throughout Major League Baseball that pays tribute to Mr. Robinson and commemorates the first time he played for the MLB in 1947.
"Tommy Bahama is proud of our continuing work with Major League Baseball in honoring the baseball legends of our time," said Terry Pillow, CEO of Tommy Bahama. "With our 2014 'Collector's Edition' shirt, we pay tribute to the great Jackie Robinson. Our long-standing partnership with MLB gives us the opportunity to offer our customers exclusive apparel that represents the time-honored tradition of paying homage to our heroes."
"Jackie Robinson was not only one of the most influential players to have ever impacted our great game, but was an iconic American who left a lasting legacy within our history," said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, and Major League Baseball. "Through working with the Robinson family, we are proud to give our fans the opportunity to recognize this great player in a truly unique fashion that only Tommy Bahama could provide."
To celebrate the legendary ball player, Tommy Bahama has created a custom designed shirt with hand painted artwork that wraps around the entire shirt and features a vintage photo of Mr. Robinson in a classic Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Embroidered elements include Mr. Robinson's retired number "42" on the right sleeve and front, along with his signature and the Tommy Bahama logo on the back. It also features his career highlights printed on the back. The shirt comes packaged inside a custom designed garment bag, with one of Mr. Robinson's favorite quotes, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives," printed on it. Only a limited quantity of shirts will be produced and each one will be numbered. Shirt #42 within the collection will be signed by the members of Robinson family and auctioned to benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The Jackie Robinson "Collector's Edition" shirt will retail for $250, and be available exclusively at www.tommybahama.com/JackieRobinson and select Tommy Bahama retail locations.
Tommy Bahama's relationship with Major League Baseball Properties began in 2009 with the launch of the first "Collector's Edition" shirt to celebrate the World Series, followed by the first collection of shirts for the 2010 baseball season. This complements an established array of Tommy Bahama lifestyle products, which include apparel, footwear, accessories, home furnishings, restaurants & bars, and retail stores. The relationship between Tommy Bahama and MLB epitomizes the natural affinity that exists between these two brands. Legions of baseball players and fans alike embrace Tommy Bahama products as well as the company philosophy to "Make Life One Long Weekend."
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About Tommy Bahama
Tommy Bahama is part of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men's and women's sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 130 Tommy Bahama retail locations worldwide, 14 of which offer a Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. Through a partnership with Border Free global ecommerce, TommyBahama.com ships merchandise directly to consumers in over 100 countries. Tommy Bahama products are also available at the finest U.S. retailers, including Nordstrom and other specialty retailers. Additional stores will be opening this year. For more information, please visit www.tommybahama.com.
About Major League Baseball Properties
The Major League Baseball Clubs formed Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) in 1966 as the Clubs' agent for marketing and trademark licensing and protection. Major League Baseball Properties is responsible for managing consumer licensing activities, developing national advertising campaigns, cultivating sponsorship opportunities with major consumer brands and corporations, growing the game and the business of baseball outside the United States and creating national marketing programs in conjunction with Clubs, broadcast rights holders and national sponsors. MLBP also operates a full-service video and audio production unit (Major League Baseball Productions), a publishing division and stock photo licensing agency, and manages logistics for the All-Star Game and World Series as well as all other special events. For more information on Major League Baseball, log on to www.MLB.com.
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